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Celebrity mommy wars: Actresses debate whether movie-making mothers have it worse than other moms

Is it more difficult for celebrity moms to raise children than other working moms? Some say yes, other actresses say they are in a privileged position.
Kandra Polatis, Deseret News Modified: May 30, 2014 at 2:53 pm •  Published: June 2, 2014

Emma Thompson, star of "Saving Mr. Banks" and "Nanny McPhee," recently took a year-long vacation from work to be with her family and advised other mothers to do the same, wrote Chris Hastings in a May 24 Daily Mail article.

"You can’t be a great mum and keep working all the time," the British actress said, adding she "taught drama at (her) daughter’s school, cooked meals and had fun" during her acting moratorium.

"I highly recommend others to do the same if they can afford it," she said.

Some working mothers did not appreciate Thompson's advice, Natalie O'Neil at Page Six reported.

"I don't agree with her at all. You can work full-time and be an incredible mom — and give your kids the feeling that you're present and that they are loved," Laura Deutsch, co-founder of the website Mommybites and mother of two, told O'Neil.

"(Thompson) has a lot of money, and that skews her perspective. It’s just so different, the majority of moms don’t have that choice," said Deutsch.

Thompson isn't the only celebrity whose advice has vexed some moms the last few months; Gwyneth Paltrow upset some in March after she told E! News she was taking a break from acting because it's more difficult to be a mom and an actress than a mom with a 9-to-5 job.

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